After unveiling the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S (see picture above) at the Detroit Auto Show this week, 911 program manager Dr Erhard Mossle revealed that the automaker plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid version of its flagship sport car.
Mossle made the comment to Auto Express:
“We are, of course, working on different solutions and we’re also working on an all-electric car. And of course, we are discussing plug-in solutions for the 911, but there are a lot of things to solve with packaging in the car and other things to solve. It will maybe be in the next generation, yes.”
The all-electric car he is referring to is the Mission E sedan, which Porsche is aiming to bring to market by the end of the decade.
Mossle added that a plug-in version of the 911 would still be very much focused on performance and would likely retain its six-cylinder engine:
“As far as I can see we will stick with six-cylinder engines because we have a good positioning with 911 and six cylinder and 718 [Boxster and Caymen] with four cylinders. Even the six cylinder engines have a lot of potential to reduce consumption and CO2 emissions. When we see the 911 we see the plug-in hybrid as a performance car – it will always be for performance.”
The next generation Porsche 911 is expected by the end of the decade around the same time as the Mission E.
Better late than never…
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